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Car & Driver: The Cost of Driving Cheap: 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan Priced


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The Nissan Versa was once notorious for stripping out the air conditioning and the stereo so ads could proclaim a brand-new car for under $10,000. Power mirrors, power locks, and power windows also went missing. Nissan added back most of that equipment a couple years ago when it realized Kia and Mitsubishi weren’t stooping that low, yet the Versa is still America’s cheapest new car. For 2017, a base Versa sedan starts at just $12,825, unchanged from 2016.


Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Versa S comes standard with crank windows. The locks must be pushed and pulled by hand. But there is a four-speaker stereo, A/C, Bluetooth, power mirrors, and a proper glovebox, which is something the Mazda Miata doesn’t have. A five-speed manual is available but only on the S, while the other three trim levels have a CVT.


Nissan dropped the automatic S for 2017. Buyers who want one must step up to the S Plus at $14,825 ($50 less than last year), which also adds cruise control, a trunk lip spoiler, and 60/40-split fold-down rear seats. The SV is $16,415 and packs power windows, power locks, chrome door handles rather than black plastic, faux-metal interior trim, a USB port, a second 12-volt power outlet, front map lights, front armrests, upgraded cloth seats, an outside temperature gauge, and remote keyless entry. At $17,975, the Versa SL adds 16-inch alloy wheels, turn signals on the mirror caps, variable intermittent wipers, fog lamps, a 5.8-inch touchscreen, a backup camera, SiriusXM, Bluetooth audio streaming, navigation, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and NissanConnect apps. There’s also a proximity key with push-button start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


2017 Nissan Versa sedan


Nissan has simplified the options for 2017, too. Two option packages on the SV have been replaced by the SV Special Edition package, which for $500 bundles 15-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, a backup camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a color display screen with Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free texting, and SiriusXM. Navigation, formerly a $700 option, is no longer available on the SV. There are no options available on any other trim, save for $700 aluminum wheels in a different style on the SL. Pricing for the Versa Note hatchback has not been announced. All Versa models have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque.


We’re not fans of the Versa, either as a sedan or hatchback, and wouldn’t recommend buying one over so many other superior choices in the subcompact segment. But on price, the Versa isn’t beaten.




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